How to Make a Custom Brush Stamp and Grain

A Concepts 5.1 Tutorial

  • make brushes that respond to pressure, tilt or velocity…
  • design technical brushes for precision work…
  • create more artistic textures with your own stamps and grains…
  • or purchase professionally crafted brush packs from the in-app store…

STAMPS

Our custom brush editor is stamp-based, meaning you can take a JPG or PNG (from a photo or scan) and tailor it into a repeatable image or “stamp.” Just like pixel-based applications allow you to make a brush using the image of a blossom or a finger-print, for example, you can use an image in Concepts to do the same thing.

An example of a repeating stamp, with basic size, pressure and scatter variance applied. Many more modifications are available in the Brush editor.

A Simple Stamp

1. Create an artboard on your infinite canvas.

Final circle stamp — the basis for a simple pen.

A More Complex Stamp

To make a brush that has textures or styles like the mediums used in traditional artworks, you can take a photo or scanned sample of the medium itself and bring it into the app. There is so much room for creativity here.

This is the raw oil pastel scan. If you were to bring this image into Concepts as a stamp at this point, the app would make it greyscale for you, but you would have all that grey background filling the brush. If you drew with this as your stamp, it would become a series of grey blocks with a black middle on the canvas.
Left: The image was adjusted in the Enlight app using Filters -> BW -> High Key. Right: The image as adjusted in Photoshop. Whichever editor you choose, you can see all that beautiful texture come out — both are great options.
The final oil pastel stamp. You’re welcome to download this image and use it to create a brush in Concepts.

GRAINS

You might also want to consider creating a grain for your brush. A grain is another layer that adds additional texture to your brush.

Making a Grain

Making a grain is similar to making a stamp, but goes a little deeper as it requires your images to be seamless at the edges. If you’re familiar with making patterns for fabrics or materials, you’ll understand the principle of repeating images — they need to meet up at the edges in a way that you can’t see the seams when they repeat.

Locating the Offset Filter in Photoshop.
Here you can see the seams inside the square from applying the filter.
Locating the Spot Healing tool.
Getting rid of seam one.
Getting rid of seam two.
The finished, seamless result in the editor.
Here you can see several of these finished images together without apparent seams.
You can download this image and use it for your brushes.

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